THE LAST WALTZ 40th Anniversary Edition Out on CD, Blu-ray and Vinyl Formats

Collector’s Edition Scheduled Issued December 9th

By Harvey Kubernik c 2017

On November 11, Rhino Entertainment released four new 40th Anniversary Editions of The Band’s The Last Waltz in various CD, Blu-ray, and vinyl formats. A special Collector’s Edition issued on December 9 features a leather-bound, 300-page book with a replication of Martin Scorsese’s original shooting script from the film.

On Thanksgiving Day 1976, the Band took the stage for the very last time at the Winterland Theater in San Francisco, California. For the landmark show, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, and Robbie Robertson were joined by an all-star group of music pioneers and recording artist friends, including Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters, and Neil Young, among others.

I attended the event.

The evening was caught on film by director Martin Scorsese. Released theatrically in April 1978 to critical acclaim, The Last Waltz is still considered by many to be the greatest concert film ever made.

During pre-production, Scorsese was working on New York, New York.  At the same time I was on his M-G-M movie set in Culver City. I interviewed Robbie Robertson for a Crawdaddy! cover story in Malibu at Shangri-La Studios in 1976 and attended The Last Waltz with 5,000 other people and shown on screen, too. Continue reading

The Stooges. TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges As Told by Iggy Pop

An interview with Author Jeff Gold

By Harvey Kubernik

Third Man Books has just published a gorgeous coffee table volume on one of the most influential bands of all time… The Stooges. TOTAL CHAOS: The Story of The Stooges As Told by Iggy Pop is the first time the story of this seminal band has been told entirely in Pop’s own words.

Author Jeff Gold and contributor Johan Kugelberg, noted music historians and collectors, jointly interviewed Iggy Pop for two days at his Miami home, sharing with him their extensive Stooges collection and interviewing Iggy.

Editor/contributor Jon Savage collaborated with Gold and Kugelberg on the title. Additional contributors include Ben Blackwell, Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, Joan Jett, Johnny Marr and Jack White.

This is one revealing and candid, bare-all almost unbelievable tale of the band Iggy founded-the alternately tragic and triumphant story of a group who rose from youth, fell prey to drugs, alcohol, and music biz realities, collapsed and nearly 30 years later reformed, recording and touring to great acclaim.

TOTAL CHAOS houses an absolute treasure-trove of unseen photographs and visual ephemera.

“It was a rare privilege to sit with Iggy as he downloaded the story of the Stooges. He’s an incredible storyteller with a fantastic memory and a great sense of humor, and he held nothing back. The Stooges were pioneers in sound, look, and live presentation, and along the way invented a genre-punk rock-and influenced countless others that followed. Continue reading

THE MARLEY FAMILY AND UMe SET TO RELEASE EXPANDED THREE-LP/DIGITAL VERSION OF BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – LIVE!

FEATURING BOTH NIGHTS OF HISTORIC 1975 CONCERT AT LYCEUM THEATRE LONDON, DECEMBER 16, 2016

By Harvey Kubernik c 2016

Bob Marley & the Wailers were at the peak of their artistic powers when they arrived at the Lyceum London for two shows on July 17 and 18, 1975,

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having just released Natty Dread the year before and about to unleash Rastaman Vibration on the world. The Rolling Stones mobile studio was on hand to record both shows, with seven songs from the second released as Live!, in December of that same year. The recording was subsequently broadcast as part of the syndicated radio program King Biscuit Flower Hour in 1976. The live sound mixing was done by Dave Harper, the recording engineer was Steve Smith, and the record was produced by Steve Smith and Chris Blackwell.

The Marley Family will now release for the first time the complete sets from both shows, Bob Marley & the Wailers-Live!, as a three-LP set in 180-gram black vinyl and as a digital package on December 16 in a tri-gatefold package that also includes a reproduction of the tour program from the band’s historic ’75 U.K. tour.  In addition, on the same day, a seven-inch live vinyl disc will also be made available as an exclusive at UDiscover at and the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, JA.

Marley and the Wailers’ classic line-up included bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett, drummer Carlton “Carly” Barrett, guitarist Al Anderson, keyboardist Tyrone Downie, percussionist Alvin “Seeco” Patterson and the I-Three — backing vocalists Rita Marley, Judy Mowatt and Marcia Griffiths.  The group was  fresh off its legendary five-night stint at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angles from July 9 through July 13, when they stepped on the stage at London’s Lyceum Theatre for an abbreviated U.K. tour which would also include dates at The Odeon in Birmingham on July 19 and The Hard Rock in Manchester on July 20. Marley was in top form during the two Lyceum shows, animatedly interacting with the crowd, who sang along to what most consider the definitive version of “No Woman, No Cry.” Continue reading

The T.A.M.I. Show and The Big T.N.T. Show out on Blu-ray DVD

By Harvey Kubernik  c  2016

Fans of classic rock and soul rejoiced when the legendary concert Steve Binder-directed film T.A.M.I. Show made its DVD debut on Shout! Factory in 2009.

Now that landmark film made its Blu-ray debut, along with its long-lost—and much requested—follow-up, The Big

Photo Courtesy SHOUT Factory

Photo Courtesy Shout! Factory

TNT Show, directed by Larry Peerce, on December 2, 2016, as part of the 2-disc Blu-ray set T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show Collector’s Edition, from Shout! Factory. The Big T.N.T. Show was also released as a standalone DVD on the same day.

The package contains all the bonus features from the T.A.M.I. Show DVD, plus new interviews with The Big T.N.T. Show performers Petula Clark, Henry Diltz and John Sebastian. The product is mastered from a High-Definition transfer.

The Big T.N.T. Show was filmed in Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. on November 29, 1965 and stars some of the biggest acts of the day, including the Byrds, in their original line-up of Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, perform two # 1 hits, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season.”)

One of the most acclaimed rock events ever captured on film, the 1964 concert known as T.A.M.I. Show [Teenage Awards Music International] presented a lineup like no other, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, the Miracles, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore and other acts took the stage one after another rehearsed and recorded over two days and nights on October 29 and 30th on Pico Blvd. at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Marshall Berle, Howard Wolf, John Landis and David Cassidy were in the audience.    Continue reading

DUANE ALLMAN’S POSTHUMOUS CAREER RETROSPECTIVE AN ANTHOLOGY REISSUED ON VINYL VIA MERCURY/UMe

Double LP includes 19 cuts from guitar icon’s brief, but powerful career with session work for fellow legends and historic moments with The Allman Brothers Band, Eric Clapton

By Harvey Kubernik c 2016

Few artists have had as large an impact on popular music in such a short period of time as legendary guitarist Duane duane-allman-an-anthology-cover-artAllman. In just four years, Allman laid down session tracks for some of music’s most important stars, founded one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most influential collectives and redefined the lead guitar, spawning multiple generations of guitar heroes who continue to rediscover his genius 45 years after his tragic death at age 24.

On October 28, Mercury/UMe reissued Allman’s long-out-of-print 1972 double LP, An Anthology, on standard 120-gram vinyl. The career-defining retrospective was released in two installments shortly after Allman’s death in a 1971 motorcycle accident in Macon, Ga. The release coincided with the October 29 anniversary of his death and comes about a month before he would have turned 70, on November 20.

The record is available as a limited edition run on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl complete with a reproduction of the 20-page booklet that accompanied the LP’s original release. A special bundle pairs the album together with a vintage feel t-shirt of the LP cover. These audiophile must-haves are available directly via: http://flyt.it/DuaneAllman Continue reading